A man who brandished a knife at his wife before threatening to kill her has been sent to jail for three-and-a-half years.
Warehouseman Marian Pilat, from Seaton Crescent, Corby, was imprisoned after admitting the charge at Northampton Crown Court.
The 57-year-old, who moved to Corby three years ago, was said to have been drunk on the night of the incident in November.
The court heard how he went into wife Teresa Pilat’s bedroom, sat on her bed pointing a 20cm kitchen knife at her and told her that he would kill her and himself.
She ran downstairs and locked herself in a bathroom to phone police.
Judge Mayo said that the probation service had judged Pilat to be dangerous and at risk of reoffending.
In mitigation, the court heard that Pilat had only one previous conviction for drink driving and had not been in trouble for violence before.
Handing down the prison sentence, Judge Mayo said: “He showed no remorse and I find that hard to accept.
“It is also an aggravating feature that you stopped your victim getting help.
“She had to lock herself in a downstairs lavatory to phone the police.”
Pilat was told he must serve at least half his sentence in jail and the remainder on licence.